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Wright Brothers

Jerry Kenney

The Wright brothers and their famous 1904 Flyer II airplane have returned to Huffman Prairie Flying Field in life-sized likenesses created by aviation photographer Dan Patterson.

Dayton History

It’s shaping up to be a big week for aviation-history lovers in Dayton. Events kicked off Monday morning with a visit from the grandson of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh to Hawthorn Hill. The Oakwood house was home to the Wright Brothers until the late 1940s.

 

In June of 1927, large crowds gathered at Hawthorn Hill to see transatlantic flight pioneer Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh made a surprise stop at the Wright family home just one month after his record-setting solo nonstop flight from New York to Paris.  

 

Stephen Wright Holds a picture of Bishop Milton Wright who lived the last years of his life at Hawthorn Hill with his sons, the Wright Brothers.
Jerry Kenney

On Sunday April 23rd, Dayton History will once again open the doors to Hawthorne Hill. The large house in Oakwood was once home to the Wright brothers. The annual Wright at Home open house will allow visitors to step back in time and live the history of Dayton’s most famous family.

 

Prominently featured at this year’s event will be stories about the Wright brothers' father, Bishop Milton Wright, who died nearly 100 years ago.  

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The president of the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio says it considered selling a century-old wooden propeller signed by one of the Wright brothers but decided against it, at least for now.

The Dayton Daily News reports the 8 ½ foot spruce propeller from 1915 is the only known airplane artifact with the signature of one of the aviation pioneer siblings, Orville Wright.

It's thought to have been on a Wright-built float plane. It was bought for $37,000 and donated to the hall near Dayton in 2004, but more recently was appraised for at least $275,000.

Rediscovering the Art of Letter Writing

Nov 3, 2016
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In a new novel called Maiden Flight, Connecticut writer Harry Haskell recreates his grandfather’s storybook romance with Katharine Wright, the Wright brothers’ younger sister. Reading Katharine’s love letters inspired these reflections on an age-old mode of communication.

When Harry Haskell was a boy he had heard about the letters. Harry's grandfather was also named Harry Haskell and he had received the letters from the woman who would become his second wife. She was Katharine Wright-they were love letters she had written to Harry Haskell's grandfather. Harry's sisters told him he probably would not be interested in what they considered to be mushy letters. He didn't read them until he was an adult.
 

Wright Brothers bench
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Last week Kettering writer Rebecca Rine sent her kids back to school, and it caused her to think about FOCUS:  how to teach it to her kids and how to refine it in her own life.   In this commentary, which first appeared in the Dayton Daily news - she explains that her inspiration is the Wright Brothers.

Tim Kambitsch
Hannah Boone

Dayton Metro Libraries announced plans this week to open a nine million dollar West Dayton branch next to the Wright Brothers’ factory site - between West Third Street and Abbey Avenue.

The project is part of the city’s West Dayton revitalization efforts. The state government recently granted one million dollars to assist in the redevelopment of the Wright Company Factory Site nearby.

TIm Gaffney is the Director of Communications for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. He hopes the library will be one many new projects coming to the area.

Sen. Cliff Rosenberger
Hannah Boone

The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

Jerry Kenney

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

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